THE 10-year-old girl at the center of the Stand With Sophie campaign is missing after after she accused her mom’s fiancé of sexual abuse.
Sophie Long was last seen on July 12 and is believed to be with her father Michael who Texas officials have called her abductor.
In a statement the Texas Department of Public Safety said: “Missing juvenile is believed to be with her non-custodial parent, Michael Long, and may be en route to Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Mexico or Argentina.
“Michael Long is possibly driving an off white 2010 Ford Edge SUV or a gray van with blacked out windows, a NRA sticker and a black rack on top.
“Missing juvenile has a small burn mark on one of her arms.”
Michael Long had arrived at a court custody hearing without Sophie and she has not been seen since, police told Crime Online.
The Sun has contacted Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment.
Sophie was at the center of a case that took the internet by storm after Michael alleged his daughter had been abused by his ex-wife’s current partner.
Kelly Long denied all the allegations saying her ex husband’s “personal vendetta…has now escalated to dangerous levels.”
Court documents said Michael and Sophie communicated in code and used special words to let him know about the alleged abuse at her home.
A viral video appeared to show Sophie detailing screaming and telling her grandmother that she does not want to leave the car and go to the home because she feels uncomfortable.
Since the video made the rounds on social media, a Facebook campaign was created called Stand with Sophie to get the attention of high-profile people.
Michael Long and his ex-wife Kelly were involved in a tumultuous custody battle for Sophie after their divorce in July of 2015.
A judge granted the parents a 50/50 split custody agreement.
Kelly was later awarded full custody and took the children to live more than 200 miles away from their father.
Her spokesperson said: “We have alerted the authorities and attorneys are doing everything they can to warn the public about the false nature of these claims. Michael Long’s personal vendetta against his ex-wife has now escalated to dangerous levels.”
Court documents have noted that both parents have a history of calling Child Protective Services to make complaints about the other.
None of the previous complaints to CPS have been substantiated, including the allegations of domestic violence, according to the court docs.
Michael Long then created the Facebook group to raise awareness about the custody case and share updates with Sophie’s supporters.
In September last year a judge granted Kelly Long custody of the children, allowing Michael Long visitation rights.
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